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DIALOG MODE SWITCHING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026220D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

User Interface Dialogs for electronic reprographic machines may be in the form of a CRT touch screen along with a keyboard. The dialog screens are partitioned into various modes. Partitioning is based upon the tasks which will be performed and the controWdisplays which are required to support those particular tasks. Primary modes such as Job Program, Job Manager, Paper Supply, Utilities, Administration, and Diagnostics may be accessed by touching hard buttons on the keyboard or through soft keys found on the user interface. Several other modes, or sub-modes, are accessed only through selections in the dialog.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

DIALOG.MODE SWITCHING

Jeffrey G. Reed Acco Hengst
C. Nelson Bright

Proposed Classification

U.S. C1.3644977.3 Int. C1. G06f

User Interface Dialogs for electronic reprographic machines may be in the form of a CRT touch screen along with a keyboard. The dialog screens are partitioned into various modes. Partitioning is based upon the tasks which will be performed and the controWdisplays which are required to support those particular tasks. Primary modes such as Job Program, Job Manager, Paper Supply, Utilities, Administration, and Diagnostics may be accessed by touching hard buttons on the keyboard or through soft keys found on the user interface. Several other modes, or sub-modes, are accessed only through selections in the dialog.

A number of constraints are placed on mode switching. Access to some modes is limited. For example, only an Administrator can enter the Administrative mode. An operator may be required to complete certain tasks before leaving a mode and going into a new mode.

The major technological improvements of Dialog Mode switching is that the dialog is partitioned into separate worlds based on tasks and selection of soft dialog modes can be accomplished using hard buttons on the keyboard.

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL Vol. 15 No. 5 SeptembedOctober 1990 391

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392 XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL Vol. 15 No. 5 SeptembedOctober 1990

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